Fast Facts: Myanmar

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

U.S. citizens must have a Myanmar travel visa for entry, obtained prior to departure. For travelers booked on tours, we will send a visa support letter and instructions to obtain your visa through our preferred provider VisaHQ. We will send this via e-mail after you have completed your travel registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please do not apply for your visa until you receive both the visa support letter and your e-ticket.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for meeting all entry requirements and obtaining a visa, if required. If so, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

Myanmar is a year-round destination; each season has its pros and cons. October to February has mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s and little rainfall. February to May tends to be dry and very hot, though not unbearable. May to October is the rainy season, though the central part of the country tends to be drier than the coast.

Check out the current weather conditions in Myanmar.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and make sure that all of your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Remember to take along plenty of insect repellant and sunscreen. Medical facilities in Myanmar are very basic. In the event of a medical emergency, it is best to seek treatment in Bangkok, Thailand. Take along all prescription medicine needed for the trip.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

In Myanmar, the currency is the kyat. Please review the current exchange rate for the kyat. Only cash is accepted. Bring recently printed, uncirculated U.S. dollars in large bills ($20, $50, and $100) ensuring that they are not worn, torn or folded. Old or damaged bills may not be accepted. Credit cards, debit cards, and travelers checks are not accepted, and ATMs are not available.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Except in deluxe restaurants, tipping is not expected.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for exquisite lacquerware pieces in the traditional Myanmar color scheme (orange, green, and yellow, handcrafted marionettes, and Myanmar-style embroidered tapestries.

What are the voltage requirements?

220-240 volts. Plugs C, D, F & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. See more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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